Backyard Circus

Backyard Circus is a project of Carnaval Sztukmistrzów that has won the love and enormous favour of Lublin’s residents. It is an itinerant circus that travels to districts away from the city centre and offers a foretaste of the festival.


It’s an annual itinerant circus featuring artists from Poland and the world, addressed to residents of districts located away from Lublin’s city centre. The first edition in 2015 met with great interest.

Backyard Circus refers to small itinerant circus troupes travelling from town to town, from one district to another, from one backyard to the next. Groups of such vagabond circus artists presented short circus acts accompanied by music and thus satisfied the cultural needs of the residents of townhouses and poorer boroughs. The programme usually included elements of acrobatics, equilibristics, demonstrations of strength, illusion and juggling. Frequently complemented by ribald jokes or songs, the performances encouraged the residents to donate some money to the troupes. The Circus comprises a variety of interesting artists, with rich street performing experience who present their acts in 8 districts of the city a few days before Carnaval Sztukmistrzów. Laughter and thrills guaranteed!

WHERE: public spaces (squares, yards), institutions (hospitals, orphanages etc.)

WHEN: Every year, 4 days before Carnaval Sztukmistrzów


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